Last year fourth and fifth graders walked to and from my house with their teacher(s) and volunteer parents to visit my growing gardens and cook with me.
What they learned was basic:
1. eat what grows (there is no plant called Dorito)
2. get to know what grows well in your surroundings
3. eat things that grow at the same time (peas and artichokes; tomatoes and basil)
4. be kind and considerate on how you treat your plants (know about natural pest control)
5. balance your meals (carbs, protein, whole grains)
You'd think that such basic kitchen literacy is available to children.
Not for many. Regardless of income, many children have no clue about where food comes from.
Since they grew a school garden in a warmer area than mine, they were able to bring tomatoes and garlic on most visits, which we incorporated in the meals we prepared and ate.
Do your schools have edible gardens?
Do they incorporate lessons on nutrition?